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Session One

Introduction

Our Prayer For You

 

“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart me be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people.” Ephesians 1:17-18

 

“I ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory – to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing Him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is He is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life He has for His followers.” Ephesians 1:17-19 (MSG)

 

Our spiritual journey consists of four steps:

 

  1. Know God

 

“(I pray)… that you may know Him better (personally)”Ephesians 1:17-18

 

   2. Find Community

 

“(I pray)… that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened (focused and clear).” Ephesians 1:17-18

 

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” James 5:16

 

    3. Discover Purpose

 

“(I pray)… that you may know the hope to which He has called you” Ephesians 1:17-18

 

“We have different gifts, according to the grace given us” Romans 12:6

 

“All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.”

1 Corinthians 12:27 (NLT)

 

    4. Make a Difference

 

“I pray)… that you may grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life He has for His followers (in his holy people)” Ephesians 1:17-18

 

“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete  ” John 15:8-11

 

“God has given gifts to each of you from His great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another” 1 Peter 4:10 (NLT)

Know God

Reaching those who haven't met God is the greatest mission we have here on Earth. Because once we are in heaven, we won't have another chance. Our Sunday services are for everyone to learn and grow. We also extend an invitation every Sunday to anyone who has not accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior to do so.

 

Our Weekend services focus on four values:

 

1. Celebration

We believe church should be enjoyable.

“I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go into the house of the Lord’” Psalm 122:1 (NKJV)

2. Inspiration

We believe church should be a place where people experience God’s presence.

“Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting” Acts 2:2

3. Preparation

 

We believe church should be a place where people learn how the Bible applies to their daily lives.  

 

“So Christ Himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip His people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up” Ephesians 4:11-12

 

4. Salvation

 

We believe church should be a place where people can accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

 

“’Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ But how can they call on Him to save them unless they believe in Him? And how can they believe in Him if they have never heard about Him? And how can they hear about Him unless someone tells them?” Romans 10:13-14 (NLT)

 

How we share Christ with others:

 

“Go out into the country… and urge anyone you find to come, so that the house will be full” Luke 14:23

 

As we continue to reach people far from God, every one of us can do our part by following these four principles:

 

    1. Accept the personal Responsibility.

 

    2. Build a personal Relationship.

 

    3. Share your personal Story.

 

    4. Give a personal Invitation.

 

In our city, our nation, and our world

 

You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8

In addition to our efforts during Sunday services, we are focused on reaching people in three key places designed by Jesus:

 

1. “In Jerusalem” – Our Individual World 

 

Our individual world. Each one of us has our own world, your world is different than my world. God has given us the mission to WIN OUR WORLDS.

 

2. “In Judea”– Our Cities

The primary way we reach our cities is through our Sunday services, Outreach, Small Groups, and Connect Events.

3. “And Samaria” – Our Nation

“As they traveled from town to town, they presented the simple guidelines the Jerusalem apostles and leaders had come up with. That turned out to be most helpful. Day after day the congregations became stronger in faith and larger in size.” Acts 16:4-5 (MSG)

 

 The primary way we reach our nation is by supporting organizations that start new churches and strengthen existing churches.

 

4. “To the ends of the earth” – Our World

 

“Jesus said to his followers, ‘Go everywhere in the world, and tell the Good News to everyone.’” Mark 16:15 (NCV)

 

The primary way we reach our world is through strategic missions. At COTR, we intentionally invest a portion of our resources in missions work all around the world with a focus on unreached people groups, children, and church planting.

 

Learn more at Churchontherock.info/missions.

 

Our Mission Statement

 

From the beginning, God gave humanity a choice of whether they would live in relationship with Him. At first, this was illustrated in the garden of Eden. Now, it manifests itself as our decision to follow Jesus, and to pursue a relationship with him.

 

1. Be With Jesus

Part of following Jesus is learning to live in constant connection with the Holy Spirit. We can Be with Jesus – where life takes us – by:

  • Prayer

  • Going to Church on Sundays

  • Reading the Bible

  • Silence & Solitude

2. Become Like Jesus

 

Jesus showed us a new way to be – one that aligned with everything we are created for. This ultimate lifestyle is an inside-out transformation that shifts who we are at the core. This process is ongoing and can be difficult, but leads to love, peace, and freedom. You can become more like Jesus by:

 

  • Finding Christ-like Community

  • Simple living

  • Dealing with your past

  • Forgiving and being forgiven

  • Developing structure

  • Embracing grief and loss

  • Knowing yourself

 

 

3. Do What Jesus Did

Everything Jesus does in you, He also wants to do through you. Living with a mission becomes an everyday ordeal. As we integrate activities Jesus taught or modeled into our daily life, we discover our true meaning as children of God. You can Do What Jesus Did by:

  • Preaching the gospel

  • Prophesying

  • Peacemaking

  • Praying

  • Healing the sick

  • Acting in love

  • Eating and drinking with people far from God

Find Community

There are so many ways to fellowship here at COTR, and you are invited to participate in each and every one of them!

 

Connect Events

COTR hosts events every quarter and regions host events almost every month. We’d love for you to come for fellowship with your fellow church people, and bring some friends, too! It’s a great way to have family-friendly fun, and to celebrate life with fellow Christians!

 

Equipping Classes

These are gatherings in which we train and teach, just like this one! Classes include biblical training, leadership training, and equipping students. These classes are taught by our own COTR Teaching Team. And of course, there’s Rock School of the Bible for ministry classes.

 

Community/Small Groups

Church is more than a two-hour gathering on Sunday. Church is not only a crowd gathered around a stage, but a Community sharing life around a table. We firmly believe that as Church on the Rock grows bigger we must simultaneously grow smaller.  Transformation happens in community. Together: As the family of God, we take time each week to eat together, pray together, and share life together. It is in this ordinary rhythm of life in community that we become transformed to look like Jesus.

 

Serve Teams

What better way is there to get to know someone than to work alongside them. Serving is an opportunity to make friends, learn new skills or utilize the skills God gifted you with, and serve for the glory of God.  Each week Sunday Service happens because of people like you giving their time and talents to make everything run smoothly.

Community/Small Groups

 

We believe life change happens in the context of relationships. Small Groups have one simple purpose: to bring people together. God created us to live in community with others, and it is only then that we can experience the full life He intends for us.

 

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16

 

Small Groups provide three things:

 

1. A place to connect with others.

 

“Yes, whatever a person is like, I try to find common ground with him so he will let me tell him about Christ and let Christ save him.” 1 Corinthians 9:22 (TLB)

 

We were not made to do life alone. God created us for community, and Small Groups provide a place for you to connect with others, share life, and grow in faith together.

2. A place to care for each other.

 

“We know what real love is because Jesus gave up His life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.” 1 John 3:16 (NLT)

 

When we do life together, our problems become smaller as God uses others to bring support and encouragement to our lives. Groups become a place where others don’t just know your name, but care about what is happening in your life and want to support you in your spiritual journey.

3. A place to continually grow together.

 

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17

 

We believe every person is created with God-given potential to make a difference in the world. Small Groups are a place you can grow with others to become more like Jesus and reach the potential God has put inside you.

SMALL GROUP DISCIPLESHIP TRACK

             Holy Spirit                        Marriage                           Parenting                        Financial

     Freedom                      Believer's Authority               Prayer                           Healing Faith

Small Groups Model

 

We base our Small Groups model on the early church as described in the Bible in the book of Acts. In Acts, you can read about how small group meetings in homes helped lay the foundation for tremendous growth in the first church in Jerusalem.

 

“Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.” Acts 5:42

 

“You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house.” Acts 20:20

 

Three things to know about Groups:

 

 

  1. There are three semesters every year

 

Life flows in seasons, and we want to make it easy for you to be in the right Small Group for you in each season. This is why we have new groups that start and stop three times a year in what we refer to as “semesters”.


 AWAKENING         WINTER/SPRING                                                     FALL                                   4 WEEKS               12 WEEKS                                                        10 WEEKS                                                               

JAN      FEB     MAR    APR     MAY     JUN      JUL      AUG      SEP     OCT        NOV   DEC        

2. Everyone can join a group

 

Our hope is for every person at COTR to be connected in meaningful community through a Small Group. With so many groups to choose from, we are confident there is a group that is a great fit for you. You can search groups by topic, location, day, and time in our groups directory at churchontherock.info. Once you find a few groups that interest you, sign up and make plans to check them out in person.

 

3. You can host a group

 

We believe hosting a group is simple because we all have something to offer others. Whether it’s something you are passionate about, an experience you’ve had that can help others, or an area in which you are looking to grow, hosting a group is a great way to bring people together in meaningful community.

 

To learn more about becoming a group leader, attend a Small Group Leadership Training. Even if you’re not sure if you’re ready to host a group, we invite you to come to a training

Discover a

Purpose

GROW|Steps exists to help you discover and develop your purpose and live the full life God created for you.

 

Discover purpose is the 3rd step in this process: 1) know God 2) find community 3) Discover Purpose and 4) make a difference.

 

Scripture that encourages us to take the next step in Discovering your Purpose:

 

“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith…”

Romans 12:6

 

“let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity.” Hebrews 6:1

 

 

The Process in ‘Discovering Your Purpose’

 

  • STEP ONE – Intro to COTR

 

Explore the ministry of COTR and find out how to connect with our church and become a member. STEP ONE takes place the first Sunday of every month.

 

  • STEP TWO - Discovery

 

Dive into the details of your personality, discover your gifts, and see how your design reveals your purpose in life and your best fit in ministry. STEP TWO takes place the second Sunday of every month.

 

  • STEP THREE – Shadow a Team

 

Choose a ministry area you’re interested in and experience it hands-on by shadowing a team member.

 

  • STEP FOUR – Join a Team

 

Connect to the opportunities available at COTR to live out your purpose and serve others by using your God-given gifts.

Make a Difference

Serve Teams

 

All of us were created by God to make a difference in the world around us. God has a place for you where your unique abilities and passions can impact the lives of others. We believe your life will never make sense until you find, develop, and fulfill your purpose.

 

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10

 

“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me.” Acts 20:24

 

Now God gives us many kinds of special abilities…and there are different kinds of service to God (ministry) …All of you together are the one Body of Christ and each of you is a separate and necessary part of it.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-5, 27 (TLB)

 

We believe there is no great divide between the “ministers” and the ‘congregation.” Everyone has something they can do to impact the lives of others in the Kingdom of God. From our perspective, every member of COTR is a minister, every person is gifted in some area, and every task is important. Discover what you do well, and take steps to use your gifts to make a difference.

 

 

You can start by joining a Serve Team!

Governance

COTR Church

Government

Believers who invest their heart, time, family, and finances into COTR deserve to have confidence in their church leadership. Our goal in sharing the details of COTR’s government is that you will understand that our church is structured to support the values of integrity, accountability, and spiritual authority.

 

Our leadership begins at the head, or the Lead Pastor. For us, that is Pastor Bryan. His role isn’t just to preach, but also to lead the church through all other endeavors whether that be financial, spiritual, or otherwise.

 

The COTR Council is elected by the church body. The council is advisory to the Executive staff and manage the financial decisions of the church.

 

CHURCH FINANCES

 

“Every Sunday each of you make an offering and put it in safekeeping. Be as generous as you can. When I get there you’ll have it ready, and I won’t have to make a special appeal.” 1 Corinthians 16:1-4 (MSG)

 

At COTR, we practice tithing for the support of Christ’s body, the church, as God commands. We recognize that giving 10% of our income is the Biblical standard for giving.

 

“Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year.” Deuteronomy 14:22-26

 

“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” Malachi 3:10

 

Giving is one of the central themes in the Bible. Jesus talked more about this subject than Heaven, Hell, or prayer. To understand what it means to be a Christ-follower, we must also understand what it means to be a giver.

 

1. TIithe

The tithe, or “first fruits” of our labor/income belong to God. We find this principle all through God’s Word. Tithing, giving God the first 10% of our income to the local church, is the primary, practical way we acknowledge that God is first (Proverbs 3:9-10).

 

2. Offerings

An offering is giving over and above the tithe. The Bible says that by giving generously, we are able to “take hold of the life that is truly life.

 

” You aren’t really living unless you are freely giving.” (1 Timothy 6:18-19).

 

3. The Gift of Giving

The gift of giving is a spiritual gift that God gives to some people (Romans 12:8). It is a Spirit-given capacity and desire to serve God by giving of your material resources, far beyond the tithe, to further the work of God.

 

Many people love to give to God and as they do, they want to feel confident in the organization through which they give. At COTR, we want people to understand they are giving to God through the church, not to the church. As we openly share the honesty, integrity, and spiritual values that guide the financial practices of COTR, we believe people can focus on what God is calling them to give and trust that He is leading our church to steward it well.

The Giving of tithes and offerings is worshipful to God and evidence of the relationship between the giver and God. Giving expresses our belief that everything we have comes from and belongs to God. He is our ultimate provider.

Coming into our COTR Family

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visitor: this is a person who is looking at our church and deciding if they want to make it their home-church. We track their coming to church on ‘Visitor Sheet’ (Quip); when they’ve come 4 times, they are moved to ‘Attender Sheet’ (Quip)

Attender: this is a person who is more than a visitor, they are now attending COTR frequently, but not involved outside of weekend service. Our COTR Assimilation Director invites them to Grow Step Classes. Upon completion of Grow Step Classes: 1) assigned a COTR Deacon 2) Connected w/COTR ministry leader to shadow the ministry they have chosen 3) they begin serving at COTR 4) Go on Invitation List for Trimester Groups

Participant: this is a person that attends regularly and is involved in something outside of weekend services; active in a group or on a serve team. They are a growing, thriving and invested. Church is more than a place they go, church is their spiritual family. Participants are invited to COTR Membership Class offered (2x) a year by COTR Church Council

Membership: this is a person who has completed ‘membership class’, filled out Membership Application and has been accepted into membership by the COTR Church Council. They are then introduced to COTR family and accepted as members on a weekend service. SEE: COTR Constitution and Bylaws; ARTICLE VI. MEMBERSHIP and ARTICLE IX. MEETINGS

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Membership

Becoming a

Member

As we grow to become more like Jesus, part of that maturity includes commitment to a local church. At COTR, membership signifies that commitment. The difference between ‘attenders’ and ‘members’ can be summed up on one word: commitment. At COTR, we recognize the need for a formal membership:

 

1. A Biblical Reason: Christ is committed to the church

                  “…Christ loved the church, and He gave His life for it.” Eph. 5:25

 

2. A Cultural reason: It is a UNIQUE commitment in our society

We live in an age where very few want to be committed to anything. Membership swims against the current of America’s “consumer religion” that switches groups for any reason. Membership is an unselfish decision.

 

3. A Practical Reason: It defines who can be COUNTED ON

Membership identifies our family of believers who can be counted on in our attempt to fulfill our purpose as a church.

 

4. A Personal Reason: It ENCOURAGES spiritual growth

The New Testament places a major emphasis on the need for Christians to be accountable to each other for spiritual growth. It’s tough to be accountable when you’re not committed to any specific church family.

 

Benefits of Membership

                 

  1. Members have the right and ability to vote during our annual business meetings

  2. Members vote on the election of new council members

  3. If there ever came a time when the Head Pastor was no longer at the church, members have the ability to vote a new Pastor in.

  4. Lastly, Members vote on any spending the church does, if over 25% of the budget.

 

COTR Membership Commitment

 

As we mature in Christ, we are drawn to become members of COTR. In doing so, we make the following commitment to God and our fellow church members:

 

1. I will protect the unity of my church by:

Acting in love toward other members. Refusing to gossip. Following the leaders.

 

“So let us concentrate on the things which make for harmony, and on the growth of our fellowship together.” Romans 14:19 (PH)

 

“Live in complete harmony with each other – each with the attitude of Christ toward each other.” Romans 15:5 (TLB)

 

“Have a sincere love for other believers, love one another earnestly with all your heart.”

1 Peter 1:22 (GNT)

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up, according to their needs.” Ephesians 4:29

 

“Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.” Hebrews 13:17

 

2. I will share the responsibility of my church by:

Praying for its growth and health. Inviting the unchurched to attend. Warmly welcoming those who visit.

 

“To the church… we always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers.” 1 Thessalonians 1:1-2

 

“Go out into the country, and urge anyone you find to come in, so that the house will be full.” Luke 14:23 (TLB)

 

“So, warmly welcome each other into the church, just as Christ has warmly welcomed you; then God will be glorified.” Romans 15:7 (TLB)

 

3. I will serve the ministry of my church by:

Discovering my gifts and talents. Using my God-given gifts to make a difference in the lives of others. Developing a servant’s heart.

 

“Serve one another with the particular gifts God has given each of you.” 1 Peter 4:10 (PH)

 

“So Christ Himself gave…pastors and teachers, to equip His people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” Ephesians 4:11-12

 

“Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus…taking the form of a bondservant.” Philippians 2:4-5,7 (NKJV)

 

4. I will support the testimony of my church by:

Attending church and Small Groups faithfully. Living a Godly life. Giving regularly.

 

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Acts 2:42

 

“Let us not neglect our meeting together… but encourage one another.” Hebrews 10:25 (NLT)

 

“But whatever happens, make sure that your everyday life is worthy of the Gospel of Christ.” Philippians 1:27 (PH)

Next Steps

Action Items

­­­­­­NEXT STEPS

 

1. Become a member of Church on the Rock.

Membership at COTR is not about adding your name to a roster; it’s about connecting with the people and the vision of the church. We would love for you to be a part. ADD THIS SENTENCE---Our next Membership Class will be ??????. Register on our app or website.

 

2. Complete all four steps.-------REMOVE #2???????

STEP ONE – Intro to COTR

 

STEP TWO – Discovery

 

STEP THREE – Shadow a Team

 

STEP FOUR – Join a Team

 

3. Complete the “Intro to Grow” contact card & turn it in   ---REMOVE # 3???

 

4. Church Community Builder (CCB) / LEAD App.  do we need this??????

Church Community Builder (CCB) is our COTR Database. This program is web-based and can be used on your computer or cell phone (Lead App download). It will give you access to information for the people in your care.

 

1. There are two ways to create your account; go to cotrag.ccbchurch.com or you     can login in from the COTR website (churchontherock.info)

a. Click on Request Account

b. On the next screen fill out the information requested

c. Click on Request

d. This will be the desktop version.

 

5. Homework to be COMPLETED BY  August 22

Complete Personality Assessment  and the Spiritual Gifts Assessment; which can be found on the HOME page of our app or a link can be found on the Grow Steps page on our websitei

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT that these are COMPLETED BY AUGUST 22ND.